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Kirk Wise

Born: November 9, 1958, San Francisco, California - USA

Kirk Wise is an American film director, animator, and screenwriter best known for his work at Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Wise has directed such Disney animated films as “Beauty and the Beast”, “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”, and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. He also directed the English-language translation of Hayao Miyazaki's “Spirited Away”.

Early in his career, Wise worked as an animator on Disney's Sport Goofy in “Soccermania” (1987), “The Great Mouse Detective” (1986) and “The Brave Little Toaster” (1987), as well as Steven Spielberg's “Amazing Stories” episode “Family Dog”.

Returning to Walt Disney Feature Animation, he began work on “The Great Mouse Detective” (1986) as an assistant animator, but eventually joined the story department, where he was reunited with former CalArts classmate, Gary Trousdale.

After working as storyboard artists on “The Rescuers Down Under” and “The Prince and the Pauper”, Wise and Trousdale were responsible for helming the celebrated “Beauty and the Beast” (1991), the first animated feature to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture.

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